The Prevent duty: Departmental Advice for schools and childcare providers
Department for Education June 2015
In response to the Prevent duty on schools set out in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the DfE last week published guidance to help schools implement the duty. For schools inspected by Ofsted, it will be helpful to read this guidance in conjunction with Ofsted’s Inspecting Safeguarding 2015. Whilst this guidance is non-statutory, all schools, whatever their status, have to implement the Prevent duty and should find this guidance useful.
The guidance is clear that extremism and radicalisation are safeguarding concerns and should be dealt with using the school’s existing safeguarding procedures. The DfE says that the Prevent duty should not be ‘burdensome’.
There are challenges in the implementation of this Prevent duty guidance, not least the possible tension between the rights of parents to withdraw their child from the teaching of RE, and the need for schools to ensure that children understand the ‘diverse…religious and ethnic identities in the UK’.
Research has found that 90% of radicalisation happens online. To help teachers understand how this can happen the DfE has issued e-safety guidance ‘How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq’. The document describes the techniques extremists use to engage with young people.
I’ve written a commentary to the DfE Prevent duty departmental guidance which you can download here:
The Prevent Duty – Commentary – Andrew Hall
I have put together the departmental guidance and the social media information into one download here:
Prevent duty Guidance and Social Media briefing (DfE)